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can I have your best chocolate cake recipe please

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justtired Mon 04-Mar-13 18:24:33

Im making a chocolate cake for my DS birthday so need a really nice chocolate cake recipe, for one that I can decorate if that makes any difference.

Im thinking to do a thin buttercream on the top before adding the icing. It also needs to have some height so two or three layers.


BIWI Mon 04-Mar-13 18:28:34

My favourite chocolate cake, which I bake for my DC on their birthdays (just turned 21 and 18 tomorrow!) is a Nigella recipe, from How to Eat. It's really easy and very yummy.

It makes two layers, but you could easily increase the quantities and make three layers (which would become a pretty substantial cake).

BIWI Mon 04-Mar-13 18:28:48

I think she calls it birthday cake, by the way.

BIWI Mon 04-Mar-13 18:30:14

Here's a link to the recipe

justtired Mon 04-Mar-13 19:24:53

Great thanks for that BIWI will have a look now.

Do you decorate the cake afterwards? Do you know if it would work well for that?

Thanks again

BIWI Mon 04-Mar-13 21:12:24

I've done various different things!

The one I made for DS1 last week, I put Cadbury Caramel buttons all around the edge, then in the middle of the cake I sprinkled white chocolate drops and Smarties.

justtired Mon 04-Mar-13 23:09:55

Im going to put a piece of ready roll icing over the entire cake and then other decorations on top do you think that will work?

BIWI Tue 05-Mar-13 08:03:28

I'm not really a fan of ready roll icing, personally - and the ganache for this cake is really easy to make - I would stick with that.

stopthenoise Sun 10-Mar-13 08:40:21

I use a Mary Berry recipe for my chocolate cake.
50g cocoa powder
6tbsp boiling water (to mix the cocoa powder)
3 large eggs
50ml milk
175g self raising flour
1 rounded tsp baking powder
100g butter
275g caster sugar
Fudgy icing-
150g plain chocolate
150ml double cream
This makes a decent sized 7 inch cake. I haven't covered this cake before, I just usually cover the top with the fudgy icing but I assume it would be ok to use buttercream then cover with fondant icing. I'll be trying it that way for ds's birthday anyway!

justtired Mon 11-Mar-13 20:11:45

Thanks for that stopthenoise, Cant beat a Mary Berry recipe!
When is your DS's birthday?

nappydaysagain Wed 13-Mar-13 10:02:44

The sponge from the Mary Berry recipe posted above is lovely.

HorryIsUpduffed Wed 13-Mar-13 10:11:22

My top tip for chocolate cake is to use a little coffee in the batter and in the icing/ganache/truffle, because it keeps it bitter and rich. So much chocolate cake is tooth-achingly sweet, which is fine for children but not for adults.

justtired Wed 13-Mar-13 10:31:43

How early can I make the cake and decorate it and then keep in a cake tin? I would like to make in advance as it's my first attempt and I don't want to rush.

justtired Fri 15-Mar-13 11:17:18

Thankyou so much for the recipe stopthenoise made it yesterday for a trial run and everyone loved it (including me) a definite winner!

lolalotta Tue 19-Mar-13 18:39:48

Stopthenoise, is that a 7inch sandwhich cake?

justtired Tue 19-Mar-13 22:30:45

Its 2x 20cm sandwich tins you use lolalotta not sure what that is in inches though

lolalotta Wed 20-Mar-13 13:46:00

Thanks justtired!

Dollybakes Tue 26-Mar-13 22:30:45

Not sure if you still need this... This is made with Snickers but you could replace with chocolate chips!

Snickers Bundt Cake

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